INTRODUCTION: The five-country Western Contact Group in Namibia on Thursday (24 September) announced that new proposals will soon be presented to the African States.
GV UN building.
INTERIOR GV Delegates seated.
SV West German Foreign Minister Genscher.
SV UK Foreign Minister Lord Carrington.
SV French Foreign Minister Claude Cheysson.
CU & SV Alexander Haig, PULL OUT, PAN around table.
CU Mark MacGuigan speaking.
SEQ. 7: MACGUIGAN: "I am very pleased to be ??? to say that we have made progress with respect to Namibia. That we are certainly for the first time since the Geneva conference at the beginning of what I might call a process of negotiations. That I believe, this new start which we now have, offers the better basis for hope than our previous starts. I would in particularly, I think, draw your attention to one or two places in the official communique. In the second paragraph, we say that it is therefore not possible to identify more clearly the issues involved, and the process for resolution which would lead to the implementation of Security Council Resolution 435. Several paragraphs below that we say that the five now intend to begin discussion of the proposed constitutional principles, as well as a timetable, and an approach to other remaining issues with the parties concerned, starting in October."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The five-country Western Contact Group in Namibia on Thursday (24 September) announced that new proposals will soon be presented to the African States. Senior officials of the group will visit African capitals in October to discuss the proposals. The new plan is designed to implement the United Nations programme for Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: Foreign Ministers of the five Western countries met at the United Nations to draw up the proposals. They now also have to sell them to South Africa.
Hans-Dietrich Genscher, the West German Foreign Minister joined Lord Carrington of Britain, and representatives of the United States, Canada and France. The Western States have been under pressure from black African states to secure South African agreement to the plan.
United States Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, expressed confidence in the new proposals which were described by Canadian Secretary of State Mark MacGuigan.